Libraries have local content in video format that should be more widely shared. The good news is that local content is less encumbered with copyright concerns than commercial DVDs. So it is able to be shared and shown more widely. While recent fair use rulings have opened the door to potential educational streaming applications of DVD content, it can be difficult for many libraries, especially smaller ones, to share content with the level of convenience of a streaming solution such as Netflix. Netflix is popular, but it costs money and can't be used with local content or lent to patrons. However, its user experience is often what consumers are seeking. Some libraries lend Roku streaming players with a pre-authorized Netflix account. DVDs from the library are popular, but they are fragile and can only be accessed by one user at a time. Libraries do have the ability to make an archival copy of their DVDs using software such as HandBrake.
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